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African Relish Cottages

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African Relish Cooking School with its cottages was established in Prince Albert, Great Karoo, South Africa twelve years ago as a recreational cooking school tourism product for culinary travellers and food lovers. With the surge in culinary tourism, we believe that South Africa, with all it has to offer in the realm of food culture and traditional cuisine, should also provide an original foodie experience for both the local and international market. The culinary hub of African Relish now offers a wellstocked delicatessen and restaurant. The school is a member of the WFTA (World Food Tourism Association).

African Relish is the lovechild of Cape Town entrepreneurs Philip and Lisa Key. Their love of food and travel found its expression in a Karoo cooking school that explores the culinary and cultural heritage of South Africa. Set in the beautiful foodie destination of Prince Albert, their passion-project attracts local and international guests to experience their signature brand of hospitality and tourism.

We draw on the rich and diverse local knowledge founded on hundreds of years of food traditions and explore the edible landscape. Our courses include a varied and exciting programme of cultural and leisure activities in and around Prince Albert. The entire area is steeped in history and is one of the most significant archaeological and paleontological regions in the world. Guests will take part in fruit or vegetable pickling and preserving, cheese making, bread baking, sausage making and all that is fun and fascinating in the culinary experience.

Prince Albert is situated at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains and is the gateway between the Karoo and the Garden Route. It is an historic village developed in the early 19th century on the threshold of the Western Cape. The Karoo is one of the world's most remarkable and idiosyncratic regions famed for its atmosphere of peace and tranquillity. Visitors can rest, relax, refresh and recharge, while exploring and enjoying the beauty. Prince Albert is SA's most prolific producer of figs and is a major player in olive oil production. The town is also known for growing of stone fruit, almonds and recently blueberries. The award-winning Gay's Guernsey Dairy and Soet Karoo sweet wine are in the main road. The village has many authentic Cape Dutch, Karoo and Victorian buildings, the local Fransie Pienaar museum, Showroom theatre, shops, wine-tasting, weavery, jewellery
design, artists, potters, galleries and markets to keep you occupied.

Cooking Courses
African Relish runs two basic cooking course types throughout the year. The Anytime cooking class such as Karoo Classics or Vegetarian are half or full day classes. Most classes are easy to book at short notice. Scheduled courses fall on particular dates along with Masterclass weekends with invited chefs such as Chris Erasmus, Nina Timm and Gordon Wright. Classes can also be part of longer culinary and special interest retreats like our popular Cycle tour or Yoga retreat.

All classes use local and seasonal produce of the area. Recently introduced is the Foodie Tour in our bright yellow Tuk Tuk. Join a small group for a friendly and exclusive guided tour of the artisanal food producers, to meet the makers and gather produce for a class.

The Chef's Café is open from Tuesday to Saturday 09:00 - 21:00. Monday 09:00 - 16:00. We offer simple, fresh meals with seasonal and local ingredients. Our verandah is the best place in Prince Albert to enjoy early morning coffee, cake and easy breakfast. We offer a healthy lunch option and wholesome menu for dinner. The day can end sipping cocktails or a craft beer. We are fully licensed.

Guests can enjoy the enclosed verandah with views of the garden and olive grove. The seasonal menu includes Karoo lamb or venison, pasta dishes, salads with fresh figs, pomegranates and local vegetables. There are even some cheeky, indulgent desserts.

Come and browse the shelves of the newly opened deli. Specialised teas, Terbodore coffee, a selection of healthy pastas, breads, butters, preserves and condiments plus our own bottled sauces and relishes along with sweets and wine. Products such as Orbs, Savon soap, Masterstock, Fynbos Fine Foods, Nomu and Pasta Regalo. Ask about our gift bags and vouchers. Opening times are for the African Relish Deli, Monday 09:00 to 16:00. Tuesday to Saturday 09:00 to 21:00.

Accommodation is provided in our own and select Prince Albert guesthouses that offer restful bedrooms, air-conditioning, heating and spacious garden privacy. Our accommodation consists of handpicked and renovated cottages in this charming Karoo town. With traditional irrigation canals running along the streets, this combination of well-appointed and comfortable living space coupled with the sound of trickling water is a haven in which to unwind. The swimming pool at the main venue is available for guests.

Bedding configurations can be double or single. All cottages have self-catering facilities for the times
when this is preferable.

* Please enquire for further details.

. Wedding Venues: African Relish offers space for an intimate wedding where food is the highlight of the function. Our cooking school team and chef will plan a special menu for your special day.
. Conference Venues: We can accommodate up to 30 pax for a conference facility plus cater for all meals and accommodation.
. Family friendly: We do cater for babies and children as well as pets by special arrangement.
. Romantic: Come and enjoy a romantic cooking class for 2 in our honeymoon suite for that special romantic getaway.


Room Facilities

  • Air Conditioning
  • Disabled
  • Internet Access
  • Non-Smoking
  • Room service
  • Small Pets

On Site Facilities

  • Alt Water source
  • Airport Transfers
  • Baby-sitting
  • Bar
  • Children Allowed
  • Conference Rooms
  • Laundry
  • Pool
  • Restaurant
  • Secure Parking
  • Self Catering
  • Tennis

Local Facilities

  • Beauty
  • Biking
  • Game Viewing
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Horse Riding
  • Shopping/Curios
  • Tours
  • Wine Route
  • Other




  • This is a Free Accommodation Participant.
  • Booking Reliability
  • Response Rate: 75%
  • Average Response Time: 22 hours
  • Tourism Grading Council:
  • ****
  • Cards accepted by this establishment
  • American Express
  • Diner's Club
  • Mastercard
  • Visa

All credit cards are accepted when paying through Sleeping-OUT.


34 Church Street, Prince Albert, PO Box 174, 6930

Map African Relish Cottages in Prince Albert  Karoo  Western Cape  South Africa

Guest Comments

Deurdrift cottages were gorgeous - beautifully furnished with elegant touches. Almost in the centre of town - very, very charming!

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